Guided Tours 2019
As part of our dedication to the preservation of religious and ethnic heritage, we are proud to offer four amazing travel experiences through our 2019 Guided Tours, our inaugural travel season.
$100pp, per tour
$375pp, all four tours
Roundtrip Luxury Motorcoach Transportation; Printed Tour Itinerary and Destination Information; On-board snacks and complimentary coffee/bottled water; Tour Coordinator; Guided Tours at all Destinations; Donation to Shrine; Gratuities; 1 Catered Meal where indicated.
Casimir Cultural Center, 505 Power Street, Cambria City, Johnstown 15906
Tours Depart at times listed below.
National Centre for Padre Pio (St. Pio)
The goal of the National Centre for Padre Pio, Inc., is to lead souls to God, through the example of Padre Pio, the first Priest in history to bear the stigmata; the wounds of Christ.
The Centre offers to all, regardless of race, creed, or color, a place of refuge and revitalization where the Sacraments are readily available. In the Franciscan Spirit of love and peace it provides the opportunity to God’s people to experience these holy Sacraments.
They endeavor to educate and promote education in the teachings and spirituality of Padre Pio through speeches, seminars, workshops, retreats and pilgrimages. The Centre publishes, distributes, composes and produces books, magazines, music and films about the life, work and spirituality of Padre Pio, both here in the United States and throughout the world.
Tour, Reflection, Lunch (Included)
Depart Centre: 5:00pm
Dinner Stop (Not Included)
Saint Anthony’s Chapel and Feast Day Dinner
The Strip District and Troy Hill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Saint Anthony Chapel, located on Troy Hill, which overlooks the Allegheny River on Pittsburgh’s North Side is dedicated to the “Wonder-Worker,” St. Anthony of Padua. It houses a vast collection of relics and has been designated a Historical Landmark by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.
Construction began on the chapel in 1880 under the direction of Father Suitbert G. Mollinger to house his large collection of relics. Dedication of the chapel took place on the Feast of St. Anthony, June 13, 1883. The relic of St. Anthony is the most venerated relic in the chapel. The first-class relic is now located in a small reliquary within a repository on the St. Anthony Altar.
An inscription is written in Latin on the central arch of the chapel reads, “Here Lie the Saints in Peace.” Over 5,000 relics of the saints have reposed peacefully in the chapel for more than 130 years. The impressive collection is displayed in beautifully wrought reliquaries, arranged in altars and side cases constructed of hand-carved solid walnut. Many of the reliquaries contain multiple relics. For many centuries these relics were venerated in Europe. Documents to verify their authenticity accompanied the acquisition of the relics and are retained with security.
A large cross in the center holds a splinter of the True Cross, a thorn from the Crown of Thorns, and a piece of the stone from the Holy Sepulchre.
In addition to the collection of relics of the saints, Father Mollinger also acquired a set of life-size Stations of the Cross for the chapel while on a visit to Europe, These priceless Stations were carved of wood by artists of the Royal Ecclesiastical Art Establishment of Mayer and Company in Munich, Germany.
Pilgrims continue to acclaim the exemplary lives of the saints as models of Christian living and to marvel at the splendor of the array of relics gathered by the servant of the church, Father Suitbert G. Mollinger.
Arrive: 11:00am, Strip District – Tour St. Patrick’s and St. Stanislaus Kostka – Shopping and Lunch (Not Included) in the Strip District;
2:30pm, Troy Hill – St. Anthony’s Chapel and Museum Tour and Reflection
Saint Anthony Feast Day Dinner: 6:00pm (Included)
Casimir Cultural Center’s First Annual Pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Black Madonna, is the Queen of Poland. Her icon is a symbol of faith and a source of unity and strength for the Polish people.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa occupies approximately 170 acres of land. Located on Beacon Hill, and overlooking Peace Valley, the Shrine is the perfect place to come and spend time in prayer and reflection.
Every year, more and more pilgrims arrive to partake in the Marian and Eucharistic processions. The cultural events, most especially those representing Polish traditions, attract an ever increasing number of visitors. Pilgrims traveled in bus groups from all over the country.
The Shrine has also been honored with the visits of many distinguished guests, such as U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush. Karol Cardinal Wojtyla visited the Czestochowa Shrine on two occasions: the first time in 1969 and then again in 1976 while attending the Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia. Two years later, he was chosen to the Throne of Saint Peter as the 264th Pope of the Catholic Church.
With the completion of some major construction, the Shrine has been expanded, adding some much needed facilities to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who visit here each year.
The Pauline Fathers and Brothers invite individuals and groups to visit and use all the facilities now available at the Shrine. They warmly welcome both Catholic and non-Catholic visitors.
Tour, Reflection, Polish Lunch (Included)
Depart Centre: 6:30pm
Dinner Stop (Not Included)
National Shrine and Basilica of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton First American Born Saint
The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the life and legacy of Elizabeth Ann Seton as a source of inspiration and encouragement for all people.
Whether you are interested in history, the outdoors, or simply something inspirational, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton offers a breadth of experiences to discover—some reflective, some intriguing, others inspiring, but all deeply rewarding.
The Seton Shrine Museum, the Basilica (containing the tomb of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton), the Stone House and White House that St. Elizabeth used for her first convents and the museum dedicated to the Sisters of Charity work during the Civil War are just a few of the amazing sites to be visited on this tour.
Tour, Reflection, Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Lunch (Included)
Dinner Stop (Not Included)
To reserve your space on one or all of the tours, download the Reservation Form 2019 and mail with payment to:
Guided Tours, c/o Stella Property Development and Event Production, 419.5 Brallier Place, Johnstown PA 15906
or you may reserve and purchase on-line.
Each tour is limited to 55 guests.
Confirmation letters or e-mails (whichever you prefer) will be sent upon receipt of reservation and payment.
*No Refunds 3 weeks prior to departure date.*